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Upcoming events

Panels, forums, talks and more
Sydney's most diverse range of free talks, forums, lectures, panels and debates.

Arts, health and healing

  • Monday 21 October, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Creative practices have transformative effects on public health. How can we embed the arts to provide better healthcare? Book now

How the Waterfront dispute changed industrial relations in Australia

  • Monday 28 October, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Join labour expert Professor Shae McCrystal, and Walkley Award-winning journalists Pamela Williams and Quentin Dempster, for a conversation about the nature of work in Australia. Book now

Power, Hope and Social Change: The Rise of the City?

  • Wednesday 30 October, 6.30 – 8pm
  • The world's liberal democracies are faltering. Where do we turn for hope? Hear some of the most exciting campaigners in the world today. Book now

The future is Asian

  • Tuesday 5 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • The world has gotten used to hearing 'America First', but is it ready for 'Asia First'? Leading global strategy adviser and international bestselling author Parag Khanna makes a case for why we need to start looking at the world, and future, from the Asian point of view. Book now

From Bathurst to Bhutan and beyond: meet Andrew Denton and Kinley Dorji

  • Thursday 7 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Andrew Denton and Dasho Kinley Dorji studied journalism together at Bathurst in NSW in the 1980s and have since made enormous contributions to the media and democracy landscapes in Australia and Dorji's home country of Bhutan. Hear them swap remarkable stories at this special Sydney Ideas event. Book now

Hope vs fear: Climate change as a security issue

  • Monday 11 November, 6.30 – 8pm
  • What does it mean to call a climate emergency? Military and security experts have warned that as temperatures continue to rise, so too will security risks, including in extreme cases, the risk of armed conflict. Book now

Can calculus cure cancer?

  • Tuesday 12 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Oxford professor and mathematician Helen Byrne will highlight the exciting applications of maths to model, predict and ultimately improve the effectiveness and development of cancer treatments. Book now

After the Apology: Sorry means you don't do it again

  • Tuesday 19 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • Indigenous children are still being removed from their families at increasing rates, despite the clear links to negative child health and education outcomes. Why and how is this still happening? Book now

Who should govern environmental disasters, and how?

  • Thursday 21 November, 6 – 7.30pm
  • As global warming rapidly heats up our planet, the likelihood and frequency of environmental disasters caused by extreme weather events - from bushfires to floods - rises substantially. But are we equipped to manage these disasters? Book now

The power of inclusive filmmaking

  • Monday 25 November, 6 – 7.30pm 
  • Join us as award-winning filmmaker Genevieve Clay-Smith speaks about inclusive filmmaking, which sees people with intellectual disability and others from marginalised communities co-create short films and at the same time gain education and pathways to employment. Book now

Jandamarra - Sing for Country

  • Friday 18 October
  • The Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Bunuba Cultural Enterprises present Jandamarra - Sing for the Country. This work for massed voices and orchestra tells the story of Jandamarra, a young Bunuba Aboriginal man and the dramatic story of conflict between Aboriginal people and white settlers. Book now

Making a Killing: The ethics of true crime

  • Thursday 24 October
  • When content makers use real people’s lives and deaths to drive audience numbers, questions of accountability and exploitation become harder to ignore. Should watercooler content have this much influence over legal proceedings? Book now

Data. Uncertain.

  • Thursday 24 October
  • Data. Uncertain. is the first globally connected conference for industry, government and academia specifically dedicated to uncertainty and improving our understanding of it. Book now

Unsettling Ecopoetics Salon

  • Thursday 24 October
  • Bringing together some of Australia’s leading poetic practitioners, this event asks how do we write about our environment? Over two hours of performance come listen to writers wrestle with what role poetry – and writing more broadly – can play in a time of increased uncertainty. Book now

Swimming Into the Blue Humanities

  • Tuesday 29 October
  • From the shipwrecked swims of Odysseus and Robinson Crusoe to the immersive poetry of Byron and Whitman, swimming captures the human experience of environmental alienation.
    Join SEI in welcoming visiting scholar Professor Steve Mentz for his keynote lecture, Swimming Into the Blue Humanities. Book now

Choose your own apocalypse

  • Wednesday 30 October
  • From Armageddon to Zombieland, we've seen apocalypse predictions play out on the big screen. Now, a panel of experts will pitch their hypothesis... then you can decide our most likely fate. Book now

Film screening: 'Star Sand' and Q&A with Roger Pulvers

  • Tuesday 5 November
  • Star Sand is a thriller and mystery, set in Okinawa, with a startling ending. The story unfolds around two deserters, one from Japan and the other is from the US, through the eyes of a 16-year-old girl. The film is in Japanese with English subtitles. Book now

Dr Simon Marais Memorial Lecture

  • Wednesday 6 November
  • Explore the fascinating interplay between the two competing models of reality from historical, mathematical, and personal perspectives in this public lecture by Dr June Huh. He will share examples from the simplest mathematical objects: equations, numbers, graphs and spaces. Book now

Understanding the Power of the Anti-Extradition Bill Movement in Hong Kong

  • Tuesday 12 November
  • In this seminar, Francis L.F. Lee (Chinese University of Hong Kong) will discuss the Anti-Extradition Bill Movement in Hong Kong this year; arguably the biggest contentious political campaign in the city in the past 50 years. Book now

The Rise of Veganism: The end of animal farming?

  • Thursday 28 November
  • Is a vegan diet sustainable? Is an exclusively plant-based diet really better for the planet? And does synthetic meat stand a chance? Join a leading diet researcher, an agri-food and environmental expert and a political scientist committed to animal welfare to discuss. Book now